Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire exhibition

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These days, it’s standard behaviour when we go abroad to record the sights we see for posterity, whether as selfies or humblebrag posts on Instagram. Thomas Cole was born more than 200 years ago, and if it’s a stretch to see him as a father of that tradition, he was certainly an artist preoccupied with portraying a… Read more »

London Nights exhibition: the capital from dusk until dawn

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In darkness, everything changes. The environment becomes unpredictable, the streets we walk by day shift from familiar to not, buildings masquerade as monsters, and ordinary people are imbued with an extra magic. That’s the premise behind the Museum of London’s new exhibition, anyway. ‘London Nights’, an ambitious showcase of the work of some 60 photographers,… Read more »

Hope to Nope: Design Museum mixes politics and art

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What’s the first thing that you think of when it comes to modern political imagery? For many of us, it will be the iconic Shepard Fairey ‘Hope’ image from Barack Obama’s 2008 election campaign. Unsurprisingly, this is the first thing that greets you at the Design Museum’s Graphics and Politics exhibition, housed at its airy… Read more »

The V&A’s Ocean Liners: Speed & Style exhibition – a look back at when luxury trumped efficiency 1

The V&A’s Ocean Liners: Speed & Style exhibition – a look back at when luxury trumped efficiency

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The first thing that greets you at the V&A’s Ocean Liners: Speed & Style exhibition is a vast model of the Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, constructed about 80 years ago and still in astonishingly good nick. It’s no child’s toy, but was used for promotional purposes to wow potential travellers with the magnitude of this floating… Read more »

Food for Being Looked At

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The other day I posted a photograph of some summer salads I’d made on social media. Somewhat indulgent of me, perhaps; they were attractive concoctions with ‘interesting’ ingredients including pomegranate seeds and tahini dressing, but did the world really need to see them? Possibly not, but I’m hardly alone in sharing my handiwork, or indeed in… Read more »

Easy listening at the Summer Exhibition

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The joy of the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition – 249 years young and going strong – is in wandering around and playing fantasy art buyer. If you had deep pockets would you empty them on that canvas painted entirely black, you wonder, or would you go for an abstract sculpture that would take up most… Read more »

Sounds of the City

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What noises do you associate with London? For many of us who endure the daily grind of the commute, it will be the tube screeching on its tracks, the ‘Mind the Gap’ announcement, the cacophony of chatter as the doors open and the crowds rush for the exit. So there’s a particular pleasure in seeing… Read more »

The American Dream: pop to present

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There is one exhibit conspicuously missing from the British Museum’s new retrospective of American printmaking, and that’s the famous ‘Hope’ poster of Barack Obama from the 2008 election. That image is arguably the apogee of decades of art, advertising and popular culture colliding in America; a union that is traced carefully and comprehensively in this… Read more »

America After the Fall

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The star attraction at the Royal Academy’s America After the Fall exhibition is ‘American Gothic’, Grant Wood’s iconic portrait of a stony-faced mid-western couple outside their home during the Great Depression, the man clutching a pitchfork, the woman dressed in the bleak garb of the 19th century. That it’s the highlight is unsurprising; despite its… Read more »

Putting the British Library on the map

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With the 10th anniversary of the iPhone being marked this month, it’s perhaps strange to think of a time when we didn’t have a map at our fingertips. But as The British Library’s exhaustive new exhibition reminds, once upon a time maps were luxury items, used by merchants, explorers and navigators, but less so by the average… Read more »

From Harry to Hockney: The Year Ahead

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Assuming all goes to plan, 2017 will be the year that Britain begins the process of disentangling itself from the European Union. Whatever your view on Brexit, it’s not going to be a speedy divorce, meaning that we’ll need plenty to distract us over the coming months. Thankfully, all signs point to 2017 being a… Read more »

Christmas at Kew

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I’d had a dreadful journey, involving signal failures, cancelled trains and torturously slow buses, so by the time I arrived at Kew Gardens I wasn’t really feeling the Christmas spirit. It was cold and dark; why on earth had I thought it a good idea to plan an outside activity? Yet I couldn’t fail to… Read more »

Bedlam: the asylum and beyond

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The last few years have seen sea change in how we talk about mental health in Britain, with a shift towards increased openness and greater media sensitivity. With one in four people known to experience a mental health problem every year, it’s a long overdue attitude change. As a new exhibition at the Wellcome Collection… Read more »

Fashioning a Reign

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Most of us will amass a fairly substantial collection of outfits over the years, but perhaps none quite like that of a monarch. ‘Fashioning a Reign’, an exhibition at Buckingham Palace to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, displays only a small selection of clothes from her time on the throne, but it’s enough to give… Read more »

A Bard act to follow

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There’s no shortage of events in London right now dedicated to the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. From commemorative walks to celebrations at The Globe, and from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the Garrick Theatre to the Midsummer-inspired theatrical extravaganza ‘The Donkey Show at Proud Camden’, there’s something for every Bard lover out there. Running… Read more »

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

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Having devoted their exhibition space to celebrations of both shoes and wedding dresses in recent years to great critical and audience acclaim, it’s hardly surprising that the V&A would seek to examine the social history of another item of clothing. In fact, they’ve gone a step further, with ‘Undressed’ focusing on what we wear closest… Read more »

Strange and Familiar

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Photographs taken by a professional tend to show you in a different light to those taken by someone you know well, whether they are your wedding snaps or a school photo. It’s not just the quality or expertise, it’s about the person behind the camera greeting a subject anew, finding something in them that the… Read more »